US officials say that surveillance proof indicates that Iran was arming drones and missiles prior to the strike in Saudi Arabia last Saturday; Trump on military confrontation: But with all of that being said, we’d certainly like to avoid it; The White House to implement significant new sanctions on Iran; Pompeo: Strikes on Saudi oil are an ‘act of war’; Zarif: I am making a very serious statement that we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation.

New surveillance proof now indicates that Iran had been preparing their drones and missiles prior to the attacks in Saudi Arabia, US officials claim. Prior to the surfacing of this new evidence, there was already substantial proof that Iran had launched these attacks from within their own country. Additionally, forensic officials from the United States have made their way to Saudi Arabia to further investigate the remains of the weaponry used, believing it could provide unquestionable evidence that Iran is directly responsible.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has dubbed this attack an ‘act of war’. In response to the suspiciously immediate claims by the Houthi rebels within Yemen, Pompeo stated that even if their claims were true, “it doesn’t change the fingerprints of the Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as having put at risk the global energy supply.” As a first response step, President Trump has instructed his administration to implement further sanctions on Iran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently stated that any US military action toward Iran in response to an attack on Saudi Arabia would lead to an ‘all-out war’. Regarding the topic of a military confrontation with the United States, Zarif said, “I make a very serious statement about defending our country. I am making a very serious statement that we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation.” President Trump also stated that despite the arsenal of the United States military, he’d prefer to avoid a military conflict with Iran. That being said, his administration will not remain passive regarding the Iranian regime of terror.